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Reporting the infamous beating of Senator Sumner by Rep. Brooks...



Item # 653014

May 23, 1856

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., May 23, 1856 

* Charles Sumner & Preston Brooks
* "Bleeding Kansas" Congress attack
* Best title to be had from nation's capital


In the annals of Congressional history few events would prove as bazaar as the beating of Senator Charles Sumner on the floor of the Senate by Representative Preston Brooks. Many website provide the details, however in short, an anti-slavery speech by Sumner so enraged Brooks that he severely beat Sumner with a walking stick.
This issue has an editorial report on the event..
Page 3 has a report headed: "Painful Occurrence" reading in part: "It is our unpleasant duty to notice an occurrence of a very painful character which took place yesterday in the Capitol, being, we are sorry to say, a personal conflict between two  members of Congress, growing out of what was regarded as a personal provocation..." with more, and then: "...that Mr. Senator Sumner having, in his speech of Tuesday last, made some offensive personal reflections on Senator Butler of South Carolina...his nephew, the Hon. Mr. Brooks...sought Mr. Sumner yesterday in the Senate chamber after that body had adjourned, and made an attack on him with a cane. Several Senators & others who happened to be near immediately interposed, when Mr. Brooks withdrew, and Mr. Sumner, who was a good deal hurt and bleeding, was conveyed to his lodgings..." with a bit more (see).
Terrific to have this report in this famous title from the nation's capital, typically the first newspaper to report events from Congress and the administration as it was the unofficial "mouthpiece" of the government.
Four pages, a bit irregular at the spine from disbinding , otherwise in very nice condition. The folder size noted is for the issue folded in half.

Category: Pre-Civil War

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